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FKCC Graduates Future Law Enforcement Officers

Florida Keys Community College held a graduation ceremony on August 8 for its fifty-second FKCC Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduate Antonio Guieb is congratulated by Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay as FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra looks on.Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy at the Marathon Government Center. Nine students successfully completed the 770-hour training program based in the College’s Middle Keys Center in Marathon. Upon passing the state certification exam, each will become Florida Law Enforcement Officers.

Dr. Patrick Rice, Interim Director of FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, recognized the best and the brightest of the class with special awards. Class Captain Benjamin Elmore earned two accolades: one for academic excellence and the other for leadership. The coveted “PIG” award was presented to Class Lieutenant Ryan Aper for demonstrating pride, integrity and guts. Nancy Roberts was named “Top Gun” for her superior shooting skills.  Read more | View photos.

Hemingway Look-Alikes Give FKCC Scholarships

The “Papas” of the Hemingway Look-Alike Society (HLAS) kicked-off the festivities of the famed three-day Hemingway Look-Alike Contest by presenting $10,000 in scholarships to worthy Florida Keys Community College students.  “Papa” Fred Johnson, HLAS Scholarship Chair, presented five awards to literary-focused students and five awards to nursing students on the stage of Sloppy Joe’s on July 17.  Also, a 2014 FKCC-bound Key West High School graduate received the Kermit “Shine” Forbes Scholarship, named for the boxer and sparring partner of the celebrated writer.

The Hemingway Look-Alike Society established the FKCC scholarship 15 years ago with the purpose of encouraging education and literary talent in the community where the legendary writer called home in the 1930s and produced some of his most enduring literary works.  The scholarship was later opened up to nursing students. Read more | View photos.

FKCC Graduates Make All-Academic Team

Three recent graduates of Florida Keys Community College, Katelyn Forgham, Alexandria Hoyes and Amber Saunders, were named to the 2014 Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) All-Academic Team in July.  The group is comprised of students in the Florida College System’s 28 institutions who are both academically high-achieving and active in student clubs or sports. 

The FKCC students were recognized specifically for their active participation in FKCC’s Student Government Association. Saunders was vice president, Forgham was a senator and Hoyes served as an alternate officer.  All three graduated with Associate in Arts degrees in May.

FKCC Launches e-Course Schedule; Encourages Early Registration

FKCC is going "green" with the introduction of a completely online eCourse Schedule for academic year 2014-2015, which begins August 21.  The new platform, which replaces the formerly printed publication, is easy to navigate and updated often.
The eCourse Schedule provides: academic program descriptions; course schedules for upcoming fall, spring and summer terms; financial aid and payment plan options; and other information to support students from registration through graduation.
College data indicates that students who register sooner are more successful. Therefore, new and current students are encouraged to peruse the eCourse Schedule, select their courses and register for the entire year as soon as possible.  
"It’s in our students’ best interest to secure their seats in the classes they need now," said Laura Estevez, FKCC Recruiter. "They need time to get their books and supplies, arrange their work and personal schedules, and become mentally prepared for their classes well before the start of the term.” Click here to view the eCourse Schedule.

American Legion Presents Nursing Scholarships

At their annual Fourth of July Barbeque, officers of the Key West chapter of the American Legion, Arthur Sawyer Post 28, presented $1,000 scholarships to three Florida Keys Community College nursing students: Stephanie Clark, Ariana Boroquez and Naomi Andrews. 

The American Legion Post 28 has raised funds for and contributed to the scholarship fund in the FKCC Foundation for the past four years.


FKCC establishes "Seize the Clay" Arts Endowment, dedicates Fountain to honor Artist-in-Residence Jay Gogin

FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra and ceramics assistant Bruce Berkowitz unveil the dedication of the College’s “Essence of Life” fountain to Jay Gogin, ceramics instructor of 24 years, during the “celebration the life” in his honor on June 30. Two major announcements highlighted the “Celebration of Life” held June 30 to honor Florida Keys Community College’s late artist-in-residence Jay Gogin: the establishment of the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment” and the dedication of the College’s marquee fountain to the ceramics instructor of nearly a quarter century. 
Long-time FKCC supporter Mike Dively, who was an avid student and friend of Gogin’s, spoke to the crowd via Face Time from his home in California.  He hailed Gogin as a visionary with a “why not?” attitude that led him to pursue many of the activities for which he will be remembered—such as bringing world-class artists to the College, organizing educational trips for students to Japan and Europe, and introducing generations of young students to the art of pottery and kiln-fired pizza.  In that spirit, Dively announced his contribution of $5,000 to establish the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment” in the FKCC Foundation and encouraged all friends and supporters to also “seize the clay in honor of Jay” with a donation to build the new initiative. 
Funds generated through the endowment will enable the College to strengthen the arts courses and activities, which Gogin cultivated and valued so dearly.  It will also allow the College to continue traditions started by Gogin such as presenting guest artists to educate, entertain and delight FKCC’s students and community at large.  For more information about or to contribute to the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment,” contact the FKCC Foundation at or at 305-809-3531.  Read moreDonate.  View tribute.

FKCC's Warning Status Removed

Florida Keys Community College received notice today from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) that the “warning” status placed on the College last June has been removed.  Furthermore, no additional monitoring or follow-up reports related to the sanction are required.  The College’s accreditation, which was reaffirmed in June of 2012, remains in place through June of 2022.  A formal letter from SACSCOC is expected to arrive in early July.
The sanction came after the review of a monitoring report which the College submitted along with its financial and operational audits to SACSCOC in the spring of 2013.  While SACSCOC reaffirmed FKCC’s accreditation in June 2012 for 10 years, the Commission required follow-up reports from the College in regards to financial resources, specifically citing Comprehensive Standard 3.10 of the “Principles of Accreditation.”  Read more.

FKCC Board of Trustees Awards Scholarships to Local HS Grads

Further strengthening local educational pathways, the members of Florida Keys Community College’s Board of Trustees presented approximately $118,000 in scholarships to graduating Seniors of Monroe County high schools this week at their respective award events.  Eight students were selected to receive Board of Trustees (BOT) Scholarships.  A merit award, the BOT Scholarship is earned based on a student’s academic performance, leadership and community service and pays full tuition for a two-year degree.  Additionally, ten students received College Reach-Out Program (CROP) Scholarships, which covers tuition for an associate degree or certificate.  Receipt of the CROP Scholarship marks the culmination of years of commitment to the program, which was designed to motivate and prepare educationally disadvantaged, low-income middle school students to pursue and successfully earn a college credential.  Read more.

FKCC President Gueverra: Memorial Day Remembrance of Late College Champion 

Frank Butler“Across the country, we will all celebrate Memorial Day in different ways.  For many it is the unofficial start of summer that ushers in the season of backyard barbecues, boating and bedazzling fireworks.  Memorial Day is also a day to celebrate and honor the memories of those who died for our country.  It is a time for heroes—both those who have fallen and those who are still living.  Before we embark on our respective traditions, I encourage you to join me in saluting all of our servicemen and women—wherever they are at this moment—and especially those who are no longer with us.  I thank them and their families for all that they have sacrificed to protect our freedom.  
There are many former military who have been associated with FKCC and they all deserve special recognition.  Today, however, I am honoring the late Frank Butler: a true champion of education in the Keys and especially the students of Florida Keys Community College.  Colonel Butler, originally from Missouri, retired from the U.S. Marine Corp after 28 years of service in 1987 and then dedicated the rest of his life contributing to this community..."  Read more

FKCC Graduates Class of 2014

FKCC Class of 2014Florida Keys Community College presented 84 Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees and certificates to graduating students at the college’s 49th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 9 in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.
Along with the traditional pomp and circumstance, the ceremony  featured several speakers: student Alexandria Hoyes, alumnus and U.S. Foreign Service Officer Kristofer Clark and former U.S. Under Secretary of Education Dr. Martha Kanter.  View photos.

FKCC Students Named to All-Florida Academic Team

Florida Keys Community College students Alexandria Hoyes and Amber Saunders were named to the 2014 All-Florida Academic Team, comprised of the best and brightest students in the Florida College System’s 28 institutions.  The two students joined 109 teammates from across the state at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort last Friday to receive their medallions at the annual awards banquet. Team members were nominated by the local colleges’ chapters of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an international honor society among two-year colleges, for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community. Read more | view photos.

FKCC Opens New Marine Technology Building on May 6

FKCC Marine Technology BuildingFlorida Keys Community College invites the community to celebrate the grand opening of its new Marine Technology Building on the Key West Campus on Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30p.m.  The free event, sponsored by Ajax Building Corporation, will include tours of the $7 million, 30,000 square-foot building as well as demonstrations in its classrooms and labs.  The state-of-the-art facility, which overlooks the dive training lagoon, provides an enhanced learning environment for students, particularly those training in one of the College’s signature programs: Marine Engineering, Management and Seamanship.  
“This building represents a new era for the marine engineering program at FKCC,” said Dr. Patrick Rice, Dean of Career Technical and Workforce Education.  “The technology infused in the lab space—featuring 90-inch television screens controlled by iPads—will allow our instructors to interact with the students in ways we’ve never been able to before.”  Click here to read more. __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Keys Chorale Spring Concert

FKCC’s Keys Chorale invites the community to its spring concert, entitled “Amore: Songs of Love and Passion,” on April 11 at 8:00p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Theater on the College’s Key West Campus. 
A selection of classical, pop and folk songs will comprise the program, including favorites such as "Let It Be Me," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "The Water is Wide," "What a Wonderful World" and "Long Time Ago," in addition to songs from Broadway hits "Carousel," "Brigadoon," "Funny Face" and "My Fair Lady." Classical selections include the Chorus of Wedding Guests from "Lucia di Lammermoor" by Gaetano Donizetti.  The concert is under the direction of accompanist/directors Jim Cutty and Vincent Zito.  Tickets are available at

FKCC Holds Job Fair

Florida Keys Community College invites the community to join students and alumni seeking employment at their annual job fair on Wednesday, April 16 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. in the lobby of the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center on the Key West Campus. 
Those seeking jobs are encouraged to come prepared with resumes and “dressed to impress” the wide range of local employers that are looking for qualified candidates to join their organizations.  Click here to read the full list of businesses that will be present. For more information, contact FKCC Academic Advisor and Career Counselor Nicole Gerrard at 305-809-3262 or

"Mud-Pi-ella" Dinner Supports Student Ceramic Club

Florida Keys Community College’s student ceramics club, Mud-Pi, will hold its annual fund-raising dinner on Saturday, March 15, from 4:00
p.m. to 7:00p.m. in the fountain plaza on the Key West Campus.  Jay Gogin, director of the college’s popular art program
 and internationally-renowned ceramicist, will serve a “Mud-Pi-ella” dinner in student-crafted, glazed ceramic bowls.  The funds raised will be used to purchase materials and equipment that enabl
e Mud-Pi to continue to beautify and enrich the community. 

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on  For more information, contact Gogin at 305-809-3223.

FKCC Library Gallery Reschedules Art Opening

Florida Keys Community College’s Library Gallery has rescheduled the opening reception for the art collection by Janis Jo Stevens to be on Tuesday, March 18, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.  The FKCC Library and the FKCC Foundation will host the free reception which will feature live music performed by concert violinist and cello virtuoso Jim and Shana Gaskill.  All works will be available for purchase with proceeds in part benefitting the FKCC Library Gallery.

Stevens is an accomplished local artist as well as an FKCC art instructor and student. Stevens holds a Master of Science in Art Education from Florida International University and has taught art from pre-school to college level.  While she is internationally known for her portraits, this event will feature figurative sculptures, large O’Keefe-inspired botanicals, still life and nude paintings. Her collection will be on display until April 22.

FKCC Graduates Future Law Enforcement Officers  

March 3, 2014—Florida Keys Community College held a graduation ceremony last Friday for its fifty-first Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo.  Six students successfully completed the 770-hour training program held in the College’s Upper Keys Center in Tavernier.  Upon passing the state certification exam, each will become Florida Law Enforcement Officers.
Marc Halvorson, Director of FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, recognized the best and the brightest of the class with awards.  Lance Monaco was honored for academic excellence.  John Lopez was named “Top Gun” award for his superior shooting skills and Class Lieutenant Billy Pearce earned an award for physical fitness.  

FKCC Offers Summer Scientific Diver Course

Florida Keys Community College will offer a two-week intensive Scientific Diver course from June 23 to July 6, 2014 at its Key West Campus. The course will enable students in marine-related fields—but from colleges or organizations without established research diving programs—to earn an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Scientific Diver certification.  
Course topics include: the role of the research diver, data collection methods and experimental design; advanced diving physiology and emergency management; nautical archaeology theory and methods; coral reef ecology and monitoring; and preparing scientific reports.  Half of each day will be spent in the field diving in the College’s on-site underwater training lagoon, on historical shipwrecks and nearby reefs within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (including a dive with the Coral Restoration Foundation).  Course prerequisites include Open Water scuba certification.
An introductory course in marine biology or similar subject is recommended prior to enrolling in FKCC’s Scientific Diver Course (ISC 2132).  Four semester credit hours at the sophomore level will be awarded.  For more information, contact Dr. Alex Brylske at or at 305-809-3148. Click here to read more.

FKCC Closes V.I.P. Lecture Series with "Aquaponics: Sustainable Agriculture Begins at Home"

Florida Keys Community College invites the community to the final session of its V.I.P. Lecture Series, “Aquaponics: Sustainable Agriculture Begins at Home” led by FKCC Biology Professor Dr. Bill Irwin on Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30p.m. in the Tenne
ssee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.  The free event, sponsored by the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, closes the 2014 season of FKCC’s new series.  Refreshments will be provided and there will be a cash bar.
Dr. Irwin will trace the history of global food production, discuss changes in economic and nutritional values of our food, and examine the sustainability of our current agriculture methods in light of growing world population and increasing demands.  Then, using an actual functional aquaponic system along with images and descriptions of a wide range of successful designs (and samples from his own gardens!), he will demonstrate how nearly anyone can produce a significant amount of healthy, organic vegetables and fish with very little effort or expense in an eco-friendly, sustainable and enjoyable way here in the Florida Keys. Click here for more information.

FKCC Continues V.I.P. Lecture Series with “Get to Know Spain”

Florida Keys Community College invites the community to “Get to Know Spain,” the second session of its new “V.I.P. Lecture Series” on Thursday, January 30 at 6:30p.m. in the library on the Key West Campus.  Anabel Sanchez Salmerón, Education Advisor of the Embassy of Spain, will lead the audience on an exploration and celebration of the rich history, culture and influence of Spain.  The free event is sponsored by Pirate Radio.
In a colorful presentation, Salmerón will examine the geography, history and political system of the second largest country in Western Europe, as well as highlight its cultural icons and current affairs.  Widely considered a melting pot of art and civilization, Spain has been influenced by a myriad of peoples who have inhabited the region throughout centuries.  This talk will explore Spanish art and music, particularly flamenco.  The presentation will also survey the important role the Spanish language plays in the world and efforts made by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport in order to promote the learning of Spanish as a second language. Click here to read more.

College Launches New Lecture Series with Florida History Expert, USF Professor
 V.I.P. Lecture Series feature Views, Insights and Perspectives

January 2, 2014--FKCC is pleased to announce the launch of its “V.I.P. Lectures Series.” a new endeavor to provide additional opportunities to educate, entertain and enrich the community.  With the support of sponsoring businesses, FKCC will feature speakers of local, regional and national prominence who will share their expert views, insights and perspectives—hence the “V.I.P” title—on an array of topics.  The first year of the “V.I.P. Lecture Series” will consist of three evening sessions held in the College’s Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center.  All are welcome to the free events, which will include refreshments and a cash bar.
“These lectures acknowledge and support the notion that not all learning occurs in the classroom and not all learners are enrolled as students,” said College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra.  “The lectures should be seen more as forums for the community to explore ideas, to engage with experts and to contribute to intellectual and practical discourse on a variety of topics.”
Session 1: “After Ponce: Rethinking the Early History of La Florida and the Keys”
The 2014 series begins with “After Ponce: Rethinking the Early History of La Florida and the Keys” by Dr. J. Michael Francis.  A history professor and the Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida- St. Petersburg, Dr. Francis is one of the nation’s leading experts in Florida’s early colonial history.  The debut session, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Company, will be on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30p.m. in Tennessee Williams Fine Art Center on the Key West Campus... Click here for more information.

FKCC Holds First Fall Commencement

December 18, 2013— Florida Keys Community College held its first ever fall commencement ceremony on Friday at the San Carlos Institute.  Nineteen students walked across the stage in front of family and friends to receive their diplomas—a milestone moment culminating years of hard work, challenges, and achievements.
“It’s important that we hold a ceremony to recognize the students who complete in the fall term,” said College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra who challenged the graduates to perpetually “do better” in their future endeavors.  Click here to read more and view photos.

FKCC Graduates, Pins Nine Nurses

December 10, 2013—Florida Keys Community College marked the graduation of nine soon-to-be nurses with a traditional pinning ceremony on Friday.  Each graduate was presented his or her nurses’ pin by select family members, friends, faculty, or mentors—marking the completion of nursing school and the beginning of a new career.  Originating with nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, the presentation of the nurses’ pin and the lighting of the nurses’ lamp symbolically initiates new nurses to the profession.
The graduates are now eligible to apply to the State Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses.  Currently, FKCC boasts a considerably high NCLEX-RN pass rate with 98 percent of its graduates earning licensure—compared to a 79 percent state average and an 84 percent national average.  Click here to read the full story and to view photos.

FKCC Graduates Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers in Double Ceremony 

Florida Keys Community College held a double graduation ceremony for its fiftieth Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy and forty-sixth Corrections Academy on November 22 on the College’s Key West Campus.  Upon passing their respective state certification exams, the six BLE Academy graduates will become Florida Law Enforcement Officers and the 19 Corrections Academy graduates will become Florida State Corrections Officers.  
Through sponsorship support from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, all graduates of the Corrections Academy have secured employment as detention deputies at one of the three detention centers in the Keys.  Click here to read more.  Click here to view photos.

FKCC's Team Shines in DoD's Perseus

FKCC's 2013 Perseus TeamNovember 22, 2013-- Three Florida Keys Community College students can rest a little easier now following an intense week marking the culmination of a  two-semester research, design, and building challenge called Perseus.  The program, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office, brought undergraduate student teams from four universities to FKCC’s Key West Campus foFKCC's "Hammerhead;" photo by Hunter Ledbetterr the second year running.  Their mission: to create an underwater vehicle capable of locating and analyzing simulated explosives submerged 40 feet beneath the water’s surface in the College’s dive lagoon in a demonstration held Thursday.  
At first, the FKCC team seemed at a relative disadvantage—consisting of only three freshman and sophomore students in the non-engineering disciplines of computer science, marine environmental technology, and diving.  The other teams were larger and comprised of juniors and seniors majoring in fields like electrical, mechanical and ocean engineering from larger universities—specifically, Florida Atlantic University, Georgia Tech, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Stevens Institute of Technology.  For many of those students, Perseus was their capstone senior project... Click here to read the full story.  Click here to view photos.

Statement from FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra: Veterans' Day Salute to Service Members, College Foundation Board Chair

"As we enjoy the holiday with family and friends, I encourage all to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that our service members bear to benefit all Americans and for the principles of democracy.  Many of our heroes continue to serve in a variety of ways that benefit our communities.  I salute all of our veterans as well as current servicemen and women wherever they are at this moment.  My sincerest thanks to them and their families for all that they have done and continue to do to protect our freedom.
The College has benefitted from the services of many veterans over the years.  They all deserve special recognition.  Today, however, I salute Frank Toppino—veteran, President of Charley Toppino and Sons and FKCC Foundation Chairman among many other titles.  But before Frank became an integral member of the College family and Keys’ community, he served in the United States Army Air Corp for four years during World War II.  Although he wanted to be a pilot, Frank fondly recalls his time as a Technical Sergeant stationed in Kunming, China... Click here to read the full article. Sergeant Frank Toppino, FKCC salutes you on this Veterans’ Day 2013.  Thank you for your continuing service to our country, state and community.”

 FKCC Students Carve Pumpkins Underwater

October 29, 2013— Students at Florida Keys Community College put a unique twist on the Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins by taking the activity 40 feet underwater in the College’s dive training lagoon on the Key West Campus. 
Members of the Scuba Club hosted the event, which included a haunted night dive in the lagoon that was transformed into a watery graveyard with glow-in-the-dark decor. Approximately 25 students carved pumpkins donated by the Marc House while many more enjoyed additional festivities on dry land.  Floyd Wilvers, who is studying Marine Environmental Technology, won the contest with his toothy jack-o-lantern.
Click here to view more photos from the event.


FKCC Boards Elect New Officers

Sept. 25, 2013—The members of Florida Keys Community College’s District Board of Trustees unanimously elected Robert Stoky to the position of Chair and Tim Koenig as Vice Chair at their annual organizational meeting on Monday at the Key West Campus.  The terms will last one year... Click here to read the full story.

FKCC Salutes Scholarship Recipients, Donors

Sept. 23, 2013—Florida Keys Community College’s Foundation hosted a scholarship social Thursday evening in Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.  The event brought together dozens of scholarship recipients with the generous individuals who support and fund the awards.  The FKCC Foundation, which cultivates funds through private donors, community organizations and public agencies, distributed nearly $100,000 in scholarships last year alone... Click here to read the full story. 
Click here to view photos from the scholarship social.  For more information about supporting FKCC students or programs, contact FKCC Foundation Executive Director Gavin McKeirnan Townsend at 305-809-3281 or

Celebrate Constitution Day at FKCC

Sept. 9-- FKCC invites the community to celebrate Constitution Day with students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, September 17 from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. in the library on the Key West Campus.  Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, lay
ing the foundation of our government.
Coordinated by FKCC Business Law instructor and attorney Stephen Muffler, Constitution Day activities aim to educate participants on their rights under the Constitutional Amendments and encourage habits of being a good citizen.  The program will feature an overview of the history of the Constitution by FKCC History professor Sharon Farrell followed by a presentation by keynote speaker State Representative Holly Raschein... click here to read more.